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Rick Santorum won the Louisiana primary on Saturday giving him a much needed boost following a stinging loss in the Illinois primary to Mitt Romney.

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Results for Louisiana Republican Primary (U.S. Presidential Primary)
Mar 24, 2012 (100% of precincts reporting)
Rick Santorum 91,305 49%
Mitt Romney 49,749 26.7%
Newt Gingrich 29,655 15.9%
Ron Paul 11,460 6.1%
Other 4,208 2.3%

Report from WTVQ:

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Rick Santorum is vowing to press forward with his presidential bid after a victory in Louisiana.

The former Pennsylvania senator on Saturday said he is “still here” and “still fighting,” even as front-runner Mitt Romney was far ahead in the critical race for delegates.

In a victory speech, Santorum insisted his conservative principles are “sketched on our hearts,” a jab at the former Massachusetts governor. A top Romney aide this week compared the move from a primary into a general election to an Etch A Sketch toy, implying they could be erased and redrawn.

Santorum soundly beat Romney in Louisiana Saturday, adding another Southern win on top of victories in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

But he was campaigning in Wisconsin, the next critical battleground. Wisconsin votes April 3rd.

Even with the Louisiana win, it will be an uphill battle over the month of April. There will be some tough contests for Santorum where Romney is clearly favored, especially in the Northeast.

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